Tufted Duck
Aythya fuligula

At a Glance

A common diving duck of the Old World, the Eurasian counterpart of our Ring-necked Duck. Tufted Ducks wander to North America from both directions, reaching the northeast from Europe and Iceland, reaching Alaska and the Pacific Coast from Asia. Although they are turning up more often, they are still considered rare everywhere except western Alaska.
Diving Ducks, Duck-like Birds
Low Concern
Coasts and Shorelines, Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers, Saltwater Wetlands
Alaska and The North, California, New England, Northwest, Western Canada
Direct Flight

Range & Identification


17" (43 cm). Tuft on head may be long or short, sometimes missing. Male shows strong contrast of white sides, black back. Female resembles other female divers, mostly dark brown, sometimes with white around base of bill; not safely identified unless she has obvious head tuft.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Mallard or Herring Gull
Black, Brown, Gray, Purple, White, Yellow
Wing Shape
Tail Shape
Rounded, Short, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Various soft growling notes; low whistles.
Call Pattern
Flat, Simple
Call Type
Croak/Quack, Rattle, Whistle